Atlantic links

Got a new issue of The Atlantic, and I’m only halfway through and I’ve already read two really interesting articles. I was sad when EGM died and would be sad if Newsweek stopped publishing, but if I lost my Atlantic heads would roll!

1. How America Can Rise Again – why things aren’t as bad as they seem…except for our government/politics. The Daily Show covered this recently as well, which I especially enjoyed because people hearkening back to simpler times generally are looking through rose-colored glasses. (and are straight white males)

2. What Makes a Great Teacher? – Teach for America did a big study of their teachers and found what qualities correlate well with good teachers. And now they look for those qualities when hiring. And now (because of money the federal government is giving out) some school systems (DC’s in particular) are tracking teacher performance. Good data => good findings => good results. Hooray for statistics!

David Boies and Ted Olson (the opposing counsels for Bush v. Gore) are bringing a case against California’s Prop 8. People generally don’t like its chances. Ted Olson wrote an editorial for Newsweek explaining his involvement – nothing shocking but it’s nice to see the arguments coming from a conservative figure. (he was Bush’s Solicitor General for three years)

When I read the paper this morning, I didn’t expect to see an editorial by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees about a Supreme Court case involving the NFL. Color me surprised!

Obama hires a transgender bureaucrat, people accuse him of having a “transgender quota”.

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